SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – A startup is developing a gun that resembles a smartphone when not in use, raising concerns among law enforcement.
Minnesota-based Ideal Conceal is developing the pistol, a .380-caliber double barreled derringer.READ MORE: KPIX Reporters Remember Slain Security Guard Kevin Nishita; 'Just the Kindest Man'
“Smartphones are everywhere, so your new pistol will easily blend in with today’s environment. In its locked position it will be virtually undetectable because it hides in plain sight,” according to the company’s website.
The company also warned prospective buyers to check concealed carry laws where they live.READ MORE: UPDATE: News Crew Security Guard Shot in Oakland Dies From Injuries; Photo of Suspect Vehicle Released
Ideal Conceal is not without its critics, particularly among police.
“In general, the concept of any kind of weapon that’s disguised, so that it’s not apparent that it’s a weapon, would be cause for concern,” Bill Johnson, executive director and general counsel for the National Association of Police Organizations told CNNMoney.MORE NEWS: Burlingame Shoppers Show Up for Small Business Saturday
The pistol is expected to go on sale later this year.